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Experienced and Award Winning Caterer
We have over 31 years of catering experience and have won awards for the wedding catering services we offer throughout the DMV area. This page is full of great information to help you starting planning your wedding celebration.
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See why we are one of Virginia’s and Washington D.C.’s favorite wedding caterers.
Our brides, grooms, families and friends have had a lot of fun celebrating nuptials. Check out the weddings Rocklands Catering has been honored to be part of and maybe you will get some ideas for yours.
Types Of Weddings We Cater
BBQ On-Site Grilling
Make your event extra memorable with the smells of fresh grilled items using our on-site grilling team. There's nothing like the fresh smoked BBQ food for your wedding.
A lunch wedding reception is the perfect time for a relaxed, low-key celebration. And BBQ makes it even better!
A buffet is a self-service style where guests serve themselves. This style is a great method for feeding large numbers of people with less onsite staff.
Cocktails and Passed Apps
Why have a full reception when you can have the happiest cocktail hour. A cocktail style wedding reception using our bar catering services is budget friendly and just as fun for your guests.
We can turn your backyard into a wedding venue! Our full-service catering services take care of everything. We bring seating, tables, bar services and anything else you need.
Always dreamed of that more intimate family style meal? Family style allows your family to sit at wide tables with large platters of food for everyone to self serve. Family style costs a bit more than buffet but allows for that intimate family dinner feel.
DIY Wedding Delivery
DIY brides, we've got your covered. Just place your order for delivery and have us deliver and set up a great buffet and appetizers for your wedding
Wedding Theme Ideas
We can do it all. We can handle everything (full-service catering) or bits and pieces. We have worked with a number of local venues and partners and can make your wedding vision a reality. Here are just a few themes we’ve catered.
- Black tie
- Pig Roast and Luau
- Barn country wedding
- Beach wedding
- City and sophisticated
- Holiday themed
- Backyard Barbeque
Don't Forget Other Wedding Related Events
We cater those too. From small and intimate engagement parties, wedding showers and rehearsal dinners to large parties, our team is here for you. We have a wide variety of options to choose from so you can customize everything to fit your needs. Plus, we provide you peace of mind knowing everything is taken care of.
Celebrate and share the news of your engagement with those you love. We can help you plan the perfect first of many pre-wedding celebrations.
Bridal, groom, or couples shower. Whatever your plan is, we want to help you celebrate with a fun, stress-free event.
We know how important it is to have every part of your wedding be perfect. The rehearsal dinner should be no different. We are experienced professional caterers and love what we do.
Ready To Plan Your Wedding?
Don’t call the caterer quite yet. You’ll want to think some things through so your wedding-catering experience is a good one. Here is some advice from our experience over the years.
One thing that can help is knowing what your caterer will ask you. The first four things your caterer will want to know are straightforward. Having answers, however, requires some preliminary thinking and action on your part. Here are some tips for planning your wedding.
Get Your Key Info in Hand
- What is the (confirmed) date, time and location of your event?
- What is your budget?
- How many people (approximately) do you think will be there?
- Any special requirements (dietary, decor, drinks, etc.)?
- Venue (what items does your venue provide)
And the next question is pretty key, too…
What's Your style?
This is worth some time on Pinterest. You may already have pinned some ideas you like -- what does it all add up to? Like many caterers, we can work inside or outside, simple or fancy. It's all about your style and the feeling you want your wedding to have.
Consider the food that goes with your style. For example are you thinking of a fancy wedding in the city then we would talk about filet and grilled salmon.
Considering a down home, picnic or an outside wedding? You'll want to consider a selection of slow-cooked barbeque with all the fixins'.
How about a disco party at a bowling alley? Shiny and sparkly? Blue and cool and jazzy? The clearer picture you have, the easier it is for us or any caterer to match you up with the right services and products to produce a smashing affair.
Things to Consider
- Let us know if you want your menu to include passed or stationary appetizers, main meats, sides, desserts.
- Is your look formal with linens, china, silverware and glassware or informal and all disposable ware?
- Would you like to have full bar service? Or beer and wine only?
- Do you need us to rent tables and chairs or does the venue provide them?
Understand Your Options
Let us know if you plan on providing any items yourself like flowers arrangements, party favors, alcohol beverages, desserts from other vendors, or if you need us to do all of the coordinating and planning.
Build a Relationship with Your Caterer and Ask Questions
Weddings can take a while to plan and we want you to be happy with your experience. Our Catering Sales Associates work with you and answer any questions you have to ensure your event is stress-free and everything you imagine.
Wedding Reception Menus and Pricing
Down to details at Rocklands! Once you have your basics in hand, there are endless possibilities in every menu we prepare. We'll focus on what’s important to you as we create a customized menu to reflect your tastes and style.
Weddings are complex parties, so there are varying components that make up the catering cost in addition to the food. The totals -- food, service staff, equipment rental, non-alcoholic beverages and delivery for most weddings -- fall into the following ranges:
- Cocktail Reception | $80 – $100 per guest
- Buffet with china | $100 -- $120 per guest
- Buffet with disposables | $75 -- $95 per guest
Note that we have not included alcohol in these estimates -- but we're happy to arrange for and serve beer, wine, full bar, a single specialty cocktail or a full tiki lounge with umbrella drinks, if that's what you desire.
Wedding Resources To Help With Planning Your Special Day
Frequently Asked Questions
We recommend 2-3 Main Entrees and 3-4 sides.
A cocktail hour with passed and stationary appetizers followed by a buffet style dinner are the most popular combination for couples at the moment.
Real BBQ- Chopped Pork, Pulled Chicken, Beef Brisket, Mac & Cheese, Baked Beans, Coleslaw with Potato rolls and Cornbread.
Upscale BBQ - Beef Tenderloin, Grilled Salmon, and Chicken Breast filets with Mashed potatoes, leafy green salad and grilled vegetables with assorted rolls.
Yes, check out our WeddingWire page: https://www.weddingwire.com/reviews/rocklands-barbeque-and-grilling-company-alexandria/d202aae435e6dfad.html
We can come to grill on site or bring it ready to dig into. Whatever you need, we will work with you.
Yes we can. Our bar services will even create a signature cocktail to tie into your wedding theme or if you have a special recipe. Just let us know.
Yes we do. Availability based on your sales rep, but typically Monday-Thursday before 11am or between 1:30pm-4pm.
We would love final guest counts one week prior to your event.
We can make as many changes as we need up to one week in advance
Yes we do! We offer a full range of colors and sizes.
Come up with an amount that you want to spend or can afford to spend. Create a spreadsheet with all you costs to include caterer, venue, photographer, transportation, etc.
Nothing like a DIY event. Find a place that provides tables and chairs. Go for disposable place settings. Keep in mind the wedding is the main event.
We recommend a rehearsal dinner to be 2-3 hours.
Shy away from cake and go for cookies, brownies, dessert bars, custom cupcakes or even a fruit salad.
No, give your guests some diversity to show the specialty of your big day.
Need the food but no servers, have us deliver! We will set up the food items for you in a buffet style, but our staff does not stay.
Additional Wedding Resource Links
We figure it's always useful to hear from several sides, right? So here is some wedding planning guidance from folks who have experience in this field:
- Martha Stewart Weddings on hiring a caterer
- Advice from caterer Peter Callahan (another pal of Martha's)
- Wedding planning checklist from The Knot
- Real Simple's great wedding planning checklist